In Photos: Queen Elizabeth’s Travels
A 90th birthday is always cause for celebration: A nice big cake, a few dozen candles. But when Britain’s longest reigning monarch, Elizabeth II, turns 90, the world takes notice (and with more than just a pastry.)
According to royal records, Queen Elizabeth II was born at 2:40 a.m. on April 21, 1926 in Mayfair, London, and she’s led a pretty busy life ever since. Over her reign, she’s worked alongside international diplomats and policymakers like Winston Churchill and Margaret Thatcher; she trained as an auxiliary driver and mechanic in World War II; and she’s traveled to over 120 countries.
And while there are varying reports when it comes to the exact number of territories she’s visited in during her tenure, rest assured that Queen Elizabeth has traveled more than any other reigning sovereign.
So we couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate the life and legacy of Her Majesty than to take a look back at her life on the road, in the air, and all over the world.
Michelle Gross is an Editorial Producer and Contributing Writer at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @mtothegnyc.
Traveling Like a Queen
This pile of suitcases and bags belongs to Queen Elizabeth II and her guests as she embarks on an enriching life of travel.
1933 - London
Future Queen of England, seven-year-old Elizabeth II pulls up her sock on the street in London.
1947 - South Africa
Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret travel on the footplate of a steam engine as they travel across South Africa. Pictured on the right is F. C. Sturrock, the South African Minister of Transport.
1947 - Malta
Princess Elizabeth and her husband Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh spend their honeymoon in Malta, where he had been stationed with the Royal Navy.
1953 - Jamaica
Queen Elizabeth II aboard a boat as it sails around Jamaica.
1957 - Portugal
A crowd cheers Queen Elizabeth II in Lisbon, Portugal.
1961 - India
Queen Elizabeth II enjoys an elephant ride at Varanasi during a tour of India.
1961 - Ghana
On a Royal Visit, Queen Elizabeth II is introduced to a number of tribal chiefs and leaders in a parade ground in Tamale, Ghana.
1965 - Ethiopia
Queen Elizabeth II with her husband Prince Philip sit in a vehicle during their visit to Ethiopia.
1965 - Ethiopia
Queen Elizabeth II and Emperor Haile Selassie admire the Blue Nile Falls during her visit to Ethiopia.
1965 - Sudan
Queen Elizabeth II walks along the decks of a ship during her visit to Sudan.
1966 - Trinidad & Tobago
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip wave to a crowd during a tour of Trinidad and Tobago.
1976 - Canada
Queen Elizabeth ll chats with Native Americans during a tour of Canada.
1977 - Fiji
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh are greeted by locals in traditional dress as they arrive in Fiji during their Silver Jubilee Tour throughout the South Pacific.
1977 - New Zealand
Queen Elizabeth II meets Maoris in New Zealand.
1977 - Bahamas
Queen Elizabeth ll and Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh drive among the crowds during the Royal Tour in the Bahamas.
1979 - Bahrain
Queen Elizabeth II and Emir of Bahrain sip tea and watch horse racing on the island nation of Bahrain in the Persian Gulf.
1979 - Oman
Queen Elizabeth ll looks around a souk in Muscat, Oman.
1982 - South Pacific
Queen Elizabeth ll and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh are brought ashore in local canoes as they arrive in Tuvalu during a tour of the South Pacific.
1982 - California
Queen Elizabeth poses at a Yosemite Valley, California, scenic overlook during her 1982 tour of the West Coast.
1986 - China
Queen Elizabeth ll and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh visit The Great Wall of China near Peking.
1994 - Anguilla
Queen Elizabeth II watches local Anguillan boys on stilts line up in a street moments after she inaugurated an avenue in her honor.
1999 - Accra
Queen Elizabeth II and Ghanaian President Jerry Rawlings greet traditional Ghanaian chiefs in Accra.
2006 - Singapore
Queen Elizabeth II walks past a lion dance troupe during her tour of a housing estate in Singapore.
2007 - London
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip are reflected in a Eurostar train as they arrive at Waterloo station in central London.
2008 - Slovakia
Queen Elizabeth II is accompanied by Slovak President Ivan Gasparovic (right) and Mayor of Vysoke Tatry (High Tatras) Jan Mokos (left) during their trip to the Hrebienok ski resort, where they arrived by funicular railway and took a short walk combined with the opening of a tourist path.
2012 - England
Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip the Duke of Edinburgh on board The Alaska.
2015 - England
Queen Elizabeth II travels on a steam train to inaugurate the new Scottish Borders Railway, on the day the Queen becomes Britain's longest reigning monarch, on September 9, 2015 in Tweedbank, England.